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Old Jun 15th, 2014, 09:41 PM   #31
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FOR SANCHEZ, 'THE TOURNAMENT OF MY LIFE'
The Charlotte Observer
Sunday, June 11, 1989
MARILYN AUGUST, Associated Press

Not many people would have put their pesetas on Aranxta Sanchez, the upstart Spanish teenager who dashed Steffi Graf `s hopes for a second straight Grand Slam.

Playing the best tennis of her life, Sanchez, 17, outdueled the heavily favored West German 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 in a gripping two-hour 58-minute marathon on Center Court.

It was a far cry from last year`s women`s final, where Graf romped over Natalia Zvereva of the Soviet Union in barely more than half an hour.

Sanchez also reached the final in the mixed doubles with Horacia de La Pena, but lost in three sets to Manon Bollegraf and Tom Nijssen.

Arantxa (pronounced Arancha) delighted the crowd with a mix of hard-hit ground strokes, blazing passing shots and, most of all, her boundless energy. Throwing herself into every shot, she slid athletically on the clay, ending up in splits.

``I fought until the end,`` Sanchez told a news conference. ``I fought for three hours out there to see if I could win the tournament of my life.``

Sanchez said she had always dreamed about winning the French Open, which she called her favorite.

King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofia sent Sanchez, a Barcelona native, a congratulatory telegram.

``With the greatest enthusiasm we send our most cordial congratulations over the sensational victory you have won at Roland Garros, which honors Spanish sports and fills all Spaniards with great joy. A warm embrace from
this entire family,`` the telegram said.

Sanchez displayed rare concentration for someone so young. She said she hardly noticed when Graf suddenly ran off the court and into the locker room at 6-5 in the third set.

``I was only thinking about the next game. That was my only concern,`` she said.

Sanchez is no newcomer to the French Open. Last year, she reached the quarterfinals, ousting seven-time winner Chris Evert in the third round.

Feisty on the court, playful and unassuming off the court, Sanchez is the youngest of four tennis-playing siblings. She has always looked up to her older brothers Javier, 21, Emilio, 24, both ranked players on the men`s circuit.

Arantxa is coached by former Chilean champion Juan Nunez.

``She still has a lot to learn, that`s what is so amazing about her.`` Nunez said. ``She`s going to be on top for a long time.``

Emilio, ranked No. 14 in the world, was on hand for his little sister`s first appearance in a Grand Slam final.

``I came and she gave me a present,`` he said. ``I always thought she could win.``

Sanchez is known as a bouncy, enthusiastic youngster who plays tennis as though it were a hobby, not an all-consuming full-time job.

Her passion paid off on Saturday, and it paid well. She earned $257,379 for the match of her life and more than she earned in all of 1988. Graf got $124,227 as the loser.

``Arantxa`s always very nice, she`s a great person,`` Graf said. ``I feel very good for her. She really loves to play.``
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Old Jun 16th, 2014, 11:36 AM   #32
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Sanchez Vicario rips Pierce, says she deserved her loss
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tuesday, June 7, 1994
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Spain's Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the new French Open women's tennis champion, yesterday slammed runner-up Mary Pierce for arrogance before the match.

Sanchez Vicario , ranked No. 2 in the world, took her second French title with a 6-4, 6-4 win in Sunday's final over 12th-ranked Pierce, who had delighted the Paris crowd by ousting reigning champion Steffi Graf of Germany in the semifinals 6-2, 6-2.

"When she beat Steffi she seemed to think that she had it sewn up, but she had one more match to play to be champion," Sanchez Vicario told reporters on her return home.

"My victory gave Mary Pierce a smack in the face and now she should have a bit more respect for her opponents."

Sanchez Vicario said both Pierce and the French press seemed to think triumph in the final was a foregone conclusion.

"After all she said, I think all she achieved was to put pressure on herself. When she gets to be world No. 2, she can talk," Sanchez Vicario said.
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A video of Michael Chang and Arantxa celebrating their 25th anniversary at Roland Garros.

http://edition.cnn.com/video/standar...t%3Disp_topnav


Also a quick, fun article where Michael talks about a connection with Arantxa after they both win in Key Biscayne in 92.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/2...IN.html?pg=all



Chang was very complimentary of Arantxa in his autobiography, mentioning how he watched her beat Steffi in the final and felt so motivated and confident, and then mentioned how honored he was that Arantxa said she was motivated by his big upset over Lendl.
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USA TODAY
Wednesday, June 28, 1989
MIKE DAVIS, Gannett News Service

WIMBLEDON, England - The sun never came out Wednesday at Wimbledon, but the new little Miss Sunshine of women's tennis did.

Arantxa Sanchez of Spain, the 17-year-old princess of Paris fresh off her upset of Steffi Graf for the French Open title, collected her first Wimbledon victory, defeating Jana Pospisilova, 19, of Czechoslovakia, 6-2, 7-5.

In her two previous Wimbledon appearances she was a first-round loser, to Belinda Cordwell in 1987 and Kumiko Okamoto last year.

"I play two years and lose in first round," Sanchez said while munching a banana at her post-match press conference. "I am feeling like grass is only for - how you call it? - the cows. Now I am thinking different. This give me lot of confidence because I play better."

Sanchez's twisted English - one of five languages she speaks - is just part of her appeal.

She charmed the world's socks off at the French Open, where her relentless baseline game and unaffected personality were showcased during and after the three-hour, three-set victory over Graf.

After becoming the youngest woman ever to win that Grand Slam event, she exclaimed, "I am very joyed. I am so exciting to win Steffi."

So "exciting" was she that she took a roll on the Roland Garros clay and broke into tears at the net, where her German rival gave her an affectionate hug.

Her reaction to winning Wednesday wasn't a lot different. After match point she thrust both arms in the air and pumped her fists - hardly the typical response to a routine first-round win by a No. 7 seed.

She said she was responding to the Court 1 crowd more than to winning.

"The people like my game, and they really go with me when I play," she said. "They say, `Come on Arantxa, this is good.' A lot of people, they watch me playing for first-round match, and this is what I am saying, `Thank you."'

Got all that?

Sanchez's name requires almost as much explanation as some of her sentences.

Arantxa (pronounced Ah-RAN-cha) is a shortened form of "Aranzazu," the patron saint of the Basques, for whom she is named.

For the purposes of this tournament, at least, her name officially is listed as "Miss A. Sanchez Vicario."

Vicario is her mother's maiden name.

"They call me, the people from the newspaper, and they (ask) me if after the French Open I marry with somebody," she said. "So I say no, no. It is the name for my mother, and they say OK. But it looks like I am married, you know."

Family is a big thing with Sanchez.

One brother, Emilio, is the world's No. 18-ranked men's player; another, Javier, is No. 60 and was the world's No. 1 junior in 1986 (neither is playing Wimbledon). Both brothers and Arantxa's parents, Emilio and Marisa, were in the stands for the French Open final.

Emilio Sr. is an engineer in Barcelona. Marisa, a teacher, travels the women's circuit with Arantxa.

"When you travel with somebody from your family, you feel much better," Arantxa said. "If I have some peoblems, I can talk to my mom and is the best person you can talk (to)."

Arantxa figures to have problems at Wimbledon; her backcourt game is ill-suited to the grass surfaces.

"I think it is going to be difficult because I am not a specialist on this court, but I am going to try to play good and do it like I do it in the French Open," she said. "I think I have to learn to play in this courts.

"I do not know when I am going to win Wimbledon but I have a lot of time, you know, and I think that maybe one year I can do it."
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